A Little bit out of topic for a while.
Giuliani is going to be a DRAG QUEEN again on the US's popular queer drama "Queer as Folk" season 2, starting January.
Friday, October 19, 2001 / 02:16 PM
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has agreed to appear in drag in an upcoming episode of "Queer As Folk."
It will not be the first time Giuliani has donned a wig and gown. He wore a blond wig and pink dress while spoofing "Victor/Victoria" for the 1997 Inner Circle dinner in New York and followed up with more cross-dressing antics on "Saturday Night Live."
But this time there is a more serious reason for doing drag. It's part of a fundraising effort for the Sept. 11 fund to help gay and lesbian families affected by the terrorist attack on New York.
The idea came during a dinner organized by Empire State Pride Agenda, the New York state gay lobbying group. Giuliani was a guest speaker, and Pride Agenda was auctioning off a walk-on role in "Queer As Folk." The dinner is an annual event in New York. This year the mayor and gay police, fire and EMT workers were honored.
The show's executive producers of the Toronto-based series were in New York for the dinner. Pride Agenda raised $100,000 at the event.
Howard Koeppel, one half of the gay couple who is housing the mayor who is estranged from his wife suggested Giuliani should do a drag role if donors could cough up another $100,000. The mayor stunned everyone, including Pride Agenda co-chair Jeff Soref.
The mayor said, "If it means more money for relief funds, sure."
The "Queer As Folk" people told 365Gay.com Thursday night they are still waiting to hear if the money has been raised.
They said, "Nothing has been finalized, and the writers have not begun working on a part yet." The series is one-third of the way finished shooting its second season in Toronto.
Temple Street Productions, the Toronto company which produces the series, says it is excited about the prospect of working with the mayor.
Soref told 365Gay.com from New York Thursday night that almost all of the $200,000 has been raised. Soref said "Queer As Folk" producers have agreed to write the mayor a part that takes place in New York so he won't have to travel to the show's set in Toronto.
The series resumes shooting Oct. 29, then takes time off for Christmas and finishes the final seven episodes of the second season in the new year.